De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

716 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 43
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001)
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Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the name. The "Mad Bitch" pours with a large foamy head. Great lacing and retention. Has a hazy dark yellow/orange color.

Smells of yeast spices, fruits and earth.

Tastes similar to the nose with the yeasty and spices on the front lines backed up by a complex fruitiness and malts. I did even know this was over 7% until I looked it up on BA. Great beer.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old 750 ml bottle, looks like from 2002. A nice little find... Into the St. Bernardus goblet...

A - Dark orange body with lots of off white head, with really good retention, and good lacing...

S - Sweet orange, melon, honey and slight coriander aroma mixes with floral perfumey notes. Alcohol is present, but not as assertive as in other examples of the style.

T - The entry focuses on a sharp tartness and s sweet honey aspect that seems to stick all the way down to the throat. A building bitter orange peel flavor compliments the intense spiciness of this beer at the swallow. The finish is a nice and long mix of honey, spice, floral notes, and funk. Good, balanced example of a tripel.

M - Crisp and full, standard for style.

D - Age did nice things for this beer. Among the best examples of the style I've had. Not too intense, but exciting.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a cloudy apricot color with a huge foamy white head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, bananas, Juicyfruit gum, and citrus.

Taste is very bright and very sweet. The yeast, bananas, and Juicyfruit from the aroma are all present here along with black pepper and the alcohol which warms everything up quite nicely.

Medium mouthfeel, drying, with hot and fizzy carbonation.

This beer is one to enjoy at a comfortable pace.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a big foamy white head that fades slowly to spotty lacing patterns. Visibly effervescent with suspended 'bits'. The smell is nice. Full nose of earthy Belgian yeast , sweet with notes of orchard fruits. I think the aggressive nature is partly from the alcohol, which is quite enjoyable. The mouth feel is lmedium bodied, effervescent and creamy. Full flavored, the taste is similar to the smell and is complemented well by the texture. Quite sweet and fruity with a wonderful lingering aftertaste. The 10% ABV is integrated well into the nose and mouth yet reveals itself in a warming swallow. A very easy drinker. Highly recommended.

Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Copped a 750 ml bottle from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa... Dark-green bottle with a purple and yellow logo sticker with a pissed-off woman with the phrase "mad bitch" on the top right corner... Corked bottle that when popped, unleashes a strong whiff of alcohol coupled with a pear and fruit aroma... like the smell, the taste is heavily alcoholic, with esters, fruits, citrus, and a floral taste.. Candied, sweet aftertaste lingers on the tongue long after the first sip... definitely a beer to be enjoyed over a long period of time... the 10% ABV is certainly noticeable and makes its presence known with a warming alcohol glow... taste is very multi-dimensional and complex, with deep, rich flavors pouring through... slight sediment visible, and the mouthfeel was good although the strong alcoholic notes compromise the drinkability... the beer possesses a very champagne-like quality and with carbonation present, I would consider this one a sipper... overall, really good stuff, a strong depiction of the style... a powerful tripel that packs a punch... Recommended...

Photo of janubio
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep golden peachy colour, good foamy head. Aroma is spicy, and fruity, with lemon, pineapple, figs, some vanilla and I notice some chocolate in the background.
Strong body, is almost edible.
Lively bubbles, oily in tongue, taste is acid, apples, peaches, flowers and the chocolate background. It seems to me kind of a mix between a white and an abbey beer.

Photo of nahthan
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle at the trappist in Oakland. High carbonation, excellent head. Very ripe fruit flavors, especially tangerine. Nice bready, doughy notes in the aroma. Extremely low hop flavor and aroma as you might expect. Nice and dry, but not bone dry. I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a very hazy golden, virtually opaque, but without lots of yeasties floating around. Smells of tangy Belgian yeast with pronounced aromas of bananas, clove, and spice. The taste is wonderful. Flavors of apricot, candi sugar, clove, black pepper, juniper come together seamlessly. There is a nice finish of spice and bright, slightly spicy hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is long and attenuated. Very little sweetness on the finish. Absolutely delicious on-tap and one of the better tripels out there.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a goblet a deep and hazy gold with a one finger high fizzy white head that quickly shrunk to half it's size

something about the nose instantly reminded me of champagne. Very fruity, apple, pear, some honey and spice with a bit of earthiness

A bit of a champagne vibe to the taste as well, but it's much more subtle here. Tons of melon on the front tongue, like a ripe cantaloupe or honey dew. I really can't get over the melon taste. Pretty spicy on the finish, black pepper a bit of cinnamon. Some bitter hops in the back.

Tons of tight bubbled carbonation hits the tip of the tongue first, starts to mellow as it moves back but is still present until the finish. The body is a bit thiner than I expected but is still on the lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Very soft in the mouth.

A total treat, but the high ABV keeps it from being super drinkable, but man this is a fantastic Tripel. I'll be coming back for more some time in the near future I know

Photo of blakesell
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 capped bottle into a hilariously large beer mug.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy orange yellow with a HUGE head of foam that fills the gigantic mug to the brim and still has beer left over in the tiny bottle. There is more head than beer here, no joke. Sticky, splotchy, lacing dissapates around the sides but the iceberg of foam refuses to sink to allow me to drink it. Head takes a full 15 mins to die down.

Smell- Bready and yeasty with ample phenols coming into the equation. Banana and apricot seem to well their heads up thru the phenols.

Taste- Yeasty and light malt upfront. Spicy and light but yet alcoholic even on the flavor. White pepper, lemon zest, grapefruit, a slight bitterness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel- Soft and light on the mouth, medium-light bodied, creamy and warming on this cold day. Not so sure the warmth would be so noticable if I weren't cold already. Highly carbonated, highly refreshing.

Drinkability- Decptively high. I wouldn't know I was getting totalled on this 10% monster until the damage had been done. There is alcohol on the mouthfeel, but not to the point that it would be percived as a big beer.

Photo of shivtim
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brickstore.
Beautiful tripel. Hazy bubbly orange with a foamy dense head. Nose is tart apples, sharp and biting, with sugary spices. Taste is heavy on the alcohol, it kicks in early and stays strong. Strong sweetness comes through, and yeast. Mouthfeel is quite good, it swims heavily through your mouth. Drinkability is hampered a bit from the ABV and lingering alcohol flavors. Still a great beer, but alcohol hurts it.

Photo of debaniel
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into straight glass...

APPEARANCE: Very promising... an amber champagne color, with a monstrous head...

SMELL: Classic tripel - dry apples and spice, this one not extremely complex, but straightforward.

TASTE: Candy apples, very appealing, but whoa - the alcohol flavor is intense... tripel is one of my favorite styles, but honestly, by the time I was halfway through this one, I was ready for it to be gone because of the strong alcohol flavors...

MOUTHFEEL: Great - light and bubbly.

DRINKABILITY: Couldn't handle the alcohol flavor. I love big beers, but this one doesn't hide the alcohol at all...

Photo of Damian
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a slightly hazed, golden amber with a tight, bright white, three-finger head that slowly faded to a thin film. Huge chunks of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was distinctly Belgian. A powdery yeastiness was immediately detectable along with orange peel, coriander, spices and candi sugar. As the beer warmed, the sweetness really came out.

The taste was similar to the nose. Fruity overtones came through strong up front, along with some candi sugar and flowery notes. Orange peel and spices were noticeable mid-palate. Strong alcohol appeared out of nowhere and really crescendoed into the finish. Some mild hops came through as well.

Mouthfeel was lighter bodied and fluffy with a fine, almost tingly carbonation.

Drinkability on this beer was a mixed bag. I really enjoyed the flavors and aromas but I found the alcohol to be a bit overwhelming.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a medium rocky white head that lasts the whole (small) glass. Large patches of lacing. The aroma consists of yeast, citrus and different spices. Medium body with sweet clove and malt flavors, along with touches of hops and alcohol. Nice fruity undertones as well. The finish is both fruity and spicy. All in all this is a solid Tripel.

Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biegaman for sharing this one with me!

Pours a hazy golden, big thick white head forms, nice lacing, super retention, head just won't quit, settles to a thick layer. Smell is sweet, caramel citrus, apples, alcohol, sugar, more apples, neat. Taste is similar, sweet and malty, wheat, apples, alcohol, caramel, quite sugary, bready, spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very warming, almost hot going down. Not a bad tripel, thanks for sharing Jan!

Photo of joepais
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured cloudy amber large white head that lasts thru the whole experiance . Aromas of grapfruit and wondeful spices . Sweet fruity and spicy almost pepery flavors along with a alcohol warmth and a light bitter hops finish . Bubbly and dry on the palate . A great Tripel

Photo of bosco7
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark orange (almost dubble like color) with a big ass head that leaves a plentiful bounty of lace.

Lots of banana bread in the nose; nutty, bready, banana, and some cinnamon.

So big upfront. Lots of banana and pear. Some bread, spicy phenols and wood flavors follow the esters. Some wild earthy twang toward the finish. Smoked meat in the finish?! Weird. Never had anything like this beer. Very interesting.

Explosive carbonation leaves quite a tingle on the tongue. Tremendously light ,airy, and well attenuated. Alcohol not noticeable at all combine this with dry body leaves you with a brew that can sneak up you. Highly recommended.

Photo of mdagnew
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com... My 400th beer review !! Aged for about a year or so....

Poured into an Oerbier glass.... poured a golden yellow colour with quite a lot of yeasty chunks. Huge billowy white head fills the glass in an instant then fades slowly to thick layer leaving a trail of thick sticky lacing down the glass... quite a lot of carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface...

Aroma - Candy sugar mixed with spicy Belgian yeastiness, pale biscuity malts, lots of freshly cut grass, floral honey sweetness, bready, perfumed, alcohol is pretty noticeable, vanilla notes... lemon, grapefruit and pear spicy fruitiness, peppery...

Taste – Nice candy sugar sweetness, spicy fruits (pears, apples, lemons and grapefruits), lots of yeastiness, alcohol noticeable but not overly so, very floral and perfumed, some medicinal notes, light sea saltiness, peppery notes, some ginger spiciness...

Feel - Very sharp and dry with just a little smoothness coming through... light / medium bodied... pretty damn drinkable for 10% - dangerously so....

Overall - An outstanding Belgian tripel... a nice way to celebrate my 400th review... recommended....

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a snow-white cloudy head that sits on a hazy apricot colored body for the full beer. There is a nice bit of lacing with each sip. The body is a bit too dense to see much carbonation except for the tiny bubbles that glide up the sides of the glass.

S- sweet but not offensive white sugar note with a very soft perfume note and a light dried fruit and white raisins hint. As the beer warms the sugar notes develop into a wonderful caramel popcorn smell. The light brown sugar and butter with a faint pear or corn note is wonderful. I found myself smelling this beer several times before each sip.

T- The smooth soft flavor of light caramel sugar with a pear note is followed by balanced green bitterness in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fullness in the texture developing toward the finish.

D- Great aroma and a very nice taste that is well balanced with some soft sweetness and a light bitterness.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice. Poured a cloudy orange with yellow highlights around the edges, with a 1" head that dissipated quickly down to about 1/8", leaving spotty lacing. Not too much carbonation, but a bit of sediment floating around after the pour.

Smells slightly sweet, a little bready with notes of sweet malts and caramel. Some citrus undertones with just a bit of alcohol lingering in the background.

Taste is much like the nose. There's a good balance between the malt and the candied sugar. A little apple and citrus up front, with a very strong caramel flavor in the middle. Nice finish that stays with you: not too sweet or too dry.

The caramel lends itself to a creamy mouthfeel, but not too syrupy. Medium to full bodied with not too much carbonation.

Despite being 10%, this is quite drinkable. Not a session beer by any means, but I could easily drink more than one.

Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.6 oz bottle into a snifter, the Dolle Teve is a hazy pale yellow, with lots of bubbles and a huge, frothy white head, which keeps rising out of the glass as it settles, holding firm and tight, leaving foamy lace.

The aroma is heavy on the green apple and pear, sugar with some vinegar, band-aid like phenols and movie popcorn.

The taste is pretty rich, heavier on the sugar and caramel then the color beguiles, spicy plastic phenols, alcohol, with citrus tropical fruit, candi and bubblegum.

The mouthfeel is super carbonated and foamy, medium to heavy bodied for a tripel.

Tasty, yet rich enough to help you keep the speed in check, and lacking the digestibility I look for in the style. Honestly, I'd have guessed this was from the U.S. in blind tasting, it's best attribute is that, while heavy tasting, doesn't drink at 10%

Photo of livingregret
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving Type: Standard Bottle

Appearance: Cloudy Orange colour w/ a light white head the lingers around the edges.

Smell: Strong on fruit. Pineapple, peach, lemon...touch of spice. Very nice

Taste: Apricots, pineapple, ends w/ a dry like taste that's hoppy.

Mouthfeel: A bit over the top carbonation leaves this medium drink a little lacking

Drinkability: Not sure....the sweetness in it throws me off. I enjoy juice, I really do....not sure how I like it in my beer though

Edit: Upon further drinking the beer....I'm finding myself enjoying the drink a bit more. The taste still not be my cup of tea, but it is still drinkable.

Photo of Fugazme
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy, orangish yellow... nice bright, white head about 1/2" inch... settles quickly to a nice cap... great swirl... just a great looking, uniform, is-what-it-is beer.

Aroma is strong on fruit...peachy... pineapple... subtle alcohol... touch of brown sugar... some slight herbaceous qualities with a bit of ginger...

Very carbonated... fills the mouth with every sip.

Taste is very good... lots of apricot and peach with big ginger middle... spicy ginger... and then a dry finish with hints of sweet honey... odd, but in a good way.

Great beer... will visit again...

Photo of tendermorsel
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. This beer was probably quite old. The expiration date was 4/2002. Don't know when this was brewed as my buddy scored this gem at liquor store a few months back.

WOW! This beer aged really really well. Great carbonation and a strong pop when opened. Good head that dissipated quickly a left great lacing.

Typical tripel color. Yellowish with just the right amount of sediment and yeast. Lot's of different flavors in this one. Citrus notes at first followed by a sweet but dry back end. A prominent apple taste throughout this beer/ Wonderful blend of flavor and strength.

I have had the Mad Bitch many times fresh or relatively fresh and even though I haven't reviewed this before I am a fan of this beer. However, this was aged to perfection. The best single bottle of tripel I have ever had.

If you are into aging beers this is a winner.

Photo of Padron4KM
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. No freshness date. Hazy golden with a massive meringue like head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a thick coating of lace in it’s path.

Aroma is sweet orange, pineapple, lemon, honey, and some spice.

Flavor starts off sweet, peaches drizzled in honey, spicy clove, bread. Finishes dry with a pleasant hoppy bitterness.

Alcohol was hidden quite well.

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.